Phobjikha is one of the most spectacular destinations in Bhutan, frequented by both tourists and local people alike. Surrounded by lush vegetation, this breathtaking valley is home to the endangered black necked crane, which migrates to Phobjikha every winter for breeding. The way local people live in harmony with these birds is truly awe inspiring. In fact the community works in tandem with the Royal Society for Protection of Nature to safeguard the habitat of this endangered species. Situated at an altitude of 3,000 meters, Phobjikha is a glacial valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains, bordering the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. The surrounding hills are inhabited by varieties of exotic animals like the barking deer, sambar, serow, Himalayan black bear, leopard and red fox.
Demography: 1st Adventure seeking trip/ Explorer/ CBT seeking visitors.
Duration: 8 days
Best time to visit: April to November.
- This tour should be undertaken by people who have profound love for nature. The open valley, untainted landscapes and the warm hospitality of the local people will leave you spellbound. On reaching Phobjikha, you can put up at the local farms that are specially designed to give visitors a taste of ‘Bhutanese way of life,’ which is marked by simplicity and authenticity.
- Be up close with the black necked cranes that arrive from Tibet in the winter months. As of January, 2014, 422 cranes were sighted in Phobjikha.
- You can hire bicycle from the community rental and ride along the trails that meander through the valley.
- Another highlight of this tour is the Gangtey Monastery located on a beautiful hilltop, overlooking the valley.
- You can buy local artifacts to take back as souvenirs for your loved ones.